IDPG Issues Statement on Local Elections

International Community hails efforts and understanding of all stakeholders including the Election Commission, the Government, civil society and the political parties in preparing for the historic local elections in Nepal to hold the local elections

April 28, 2017, 6:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.10,No 17, April 21,2017 (Baisakh 08,2074)

International Community hails efforts and understanding of all stakeholders including the Election Commission, the Government, civil society and the political parties in preparing for the historic local elections in Nepal to hold the local elections.

“It has been two decades since local elections were last held, and Nepalis are keen to exercise their right to elect their local representatives. Local elections are crucial in revitalizing democracy at the grassroots level and strengthening government accountability,” said the press statement jointly issued by IDPG.

The members include Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Germany, Delegation of the European Union, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of France, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Embassy of the United States of America, United Nations in Nepal and the World Bank.

With less than a month left before the scheduled election date, we encourage efforts to continue to forge a political agreement to enable the participation of as wide a section of the population as possible and broaden support to the process. This will bolster the credibility of the elections and facilitate the implementation of the Constitution.

“We call on all parties to mutually respect the freedom of peaceful expression and assembly, and individual voters’ rights as laid out in Nepal’s laws and constitution. We also call on the security forces to comply with existing national and international standards when carrying out their duties,” said a press statement. “We are committed to working with all stakeholders for a peaceful, inclusive, broadly-supported and credible election process.”

 

 

 

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